The World is getting smaller, we are at the forefront of bringing people together using online technologies such as webcasting and video conferencing. Technology is available for us to make events accessible to people wherever they might be at that specific time. ‘Delegates’ (in the new sense of the word) are able to interact with each other on mobile devices or at their desks, even from an aeroplane (yes, we have done this).
There are a few obvious challenges to overcome. The two big ones, time zones and languages.
The first is difficult to change, we can’t change time zones but we can be as flexible as possible with our event and we find ourselves now working on events at more peculiar times of the day. If live interaction is not required, we can stagger the streaming in different countries. Or perhaps two or three live events can be staggered throughout the day for the convenience of various audiences.
‘Languages’ are easier. The stream, already going over the web can be interpreted live with questions and online interaction translated in real time. This is becoming a relatively common way to stream and something that works really well for multi-lingual audiences.
In this photograph you see a remote location with real time video sent from the event location to an off-site venue which housed our interpreters who were them streamed live in the web. It’s a big world, but it’s getting smaller.